Strengthening National Capacity for Sector-wide Planning to Achieve SDG4 in Asia-Pacific through South-South Cooperation

In 2015, the international community adopted an ambitious set of SDGs, including one for education (SDG4), calling more equitable, inclusive, and quality lifelong learning for all. In order for countries to achieve this target, major changes will be needed in how education is planned.

This project aims to build the Member States’ capacity to develop and implement evidence-based and result-oriented education sector plans to meet the challenges of SDG4 through mutual learning and South-South cooperation.

Specifically, the project aims to encourage countries to learn from Malaysia’s experiences of the Education Blueprint, while enhancing sub-regional coordination mechanisms.

The project will consist of the following activities:

  • Replication of Malaysian Education Blueprint for Effective Planning of Education Sector in Selected Asia-Pacific Countries
    • Regional capacity building workshop
    • Developing a regional handbook for evidence- and result-based education planning based on “National Education Sector Development Plan: A Result-based Planning Handbook” (UNESCO, 2006)
    • In-country support
  • Strengthening Sub-regional Cooperation in Education to Support the Implementation of SDG 4 (Education 2030) in South Asia
    • Regional Seminar on sub-regional cooperation for achieving Education 2030
    • Exchange visit between the SAARC, the SEAMEO Secretariat and SEAMEO Centers
    • SAARC action planning

Key Activities

  • Organized the UNESCO-SEAMEO Asia-Pacific Regional Seminar on Subregional Cooperation for Achieving SDG 4, 29-31 May, Bangkok, Thailand. The Seminar gathered 37 participants from 6 SAARC countries (Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka), sub-regional bodies (SEAMEO, SAARC, ASEAN and Pacific Islands Forum -PIFS), and partners (UNESCO, UNICEF and SEAMEO Secretariat).
    Common points of actions among SAARC countries had been identified and discussions on possible partnerships between and among SAARC countries and sub-regional bodies have been initiated.
  • Organized Technical Capacity Development Workshop on Effective Planning of Education Sector for Achieving SDG 4 on 24-28 July in KL, Malaysia. The Technical Workshop gathered 65 government officials from 17 countries (including Gambia), including UNESCO and UNICEF FOs staff. As a follow-up to the KL workshop, in-country technical support will be provided to at least 4 countries (Bhutan, Lao PDR, Cambodia and Vietnam).


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